The February Bette Buzz


           Main Gallery

Driven to Abstraction

February 6 - March 28

Gala Opening:

Friday, February 13

7 pm - 9 pm

Colored Reflections by Barbara James, photo


               Signature Salon

Wabi -Sabi ~ Decay, Emptiness & Other Ephemeral Beauty

Photographs by Joel Koosed

February 6 - February 28

Gala Opening:

Friday, February 13

7 pm - 9 pm

                                                                                                                  Cuba by Joel Koosed, photo

(image) Phillip McPherson photography
(image) Underwater by Ginnie Chabre
Eyewise Satellite Gallery
This show is on display at Eyewise now
through the end of February 2015 during regular office hours.
Bridgeside Shopping Center at 2651 Blanding Ave. Suite B in Alameda
Eyewise owner, Dr. Alex Lukens hosts the reception to showcase the artwork of graphic artist, Phillip McPherson and abstract photographer Ginnie Chabre.
McPherson uses his camera and his computer to create and manipulate images he transfers to supersized canvases. Chabre creates wonderful abstract photography


Mark your Calendar: You're invited!

Tricks of the Trade
Free talk by photographer, George Olney    
Sunday February
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Includes a wine and cheese reception with the speaker. Sponsored by the Davis Family Foundation with a grant to the Frank Bette Center.

George Olney has traveled and taken pictures in many countries around the world. He regularly submits photographs to BBC, National Geographic, My Shot, and stock photo agencies.
George has resided in Mexico for the past 17 years and, for several years, has taught photography at the Art Institute in San Miguel de Allende; he also has a number of private students.

George lives in San Luis Potosi, central Mexico and, in 2013, acted as photography guide for Margaret and Fred Fago during their assignment to document Easter week (Semana Santa) festivities.

When asked to describe how he works, George stated that he resonated with how an English friend in the photographic world described it: “You are just a natural street shooter. You can walk up to a complete stranger and get them to do what you need."

George agrees with this assessment. "I see the street as a gorgeous studio set up; I have to move people and things around until I to get what I want."

George Olney does not yet have a website to showcase his photography although searching the Internet for "George Olney Cuetzalan" brings up a good sample of his work. Also view a few of his photographs on
Margaret Fago’s blog (

Call for Artists

Alameda On Camera

Late Application Deadline:

5 PM Sunday, February

48 Hour Challenge:
9 PM Friday, February 20 -
9 PM Sunday, February 22

Apply online now!

Enmeshed by Stephen Elbert, photo

Call for Photographers and
Plein Air Painters!

In collaboration with the Davis Family Foundation, artists who have participated in a Frank Bette Center event and/or exhibit in the last three are invited to participate in

The Golden Project

One photographer and one plein air painter will be selected to capture the seasons in Alleghany, a Sierra foothills gold mining town.

For complete details, visit here.


10th Annual 2015 Plein Air Paintout

July 27 - August 1, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2015

APPLY online now!

Dear Friends and supporters of Frank Bette Center for the Arts: 

We need the following board of director positions filled immediately to continue to remain a non-profit organization: 

Administrative Director (Secretary):  The secretary keeps board minutes, manages the mail (alas mostly bills!) and maintains organization records. 

Communications Director:   
The director will create and send marketing and media releases for center activities and oversees the website and webmaster. Also serves as the editor of a once monthly Bette Center  activities newsletter . 

Development Director: 
Networks within the community to promote FBCA and works as our fundraiser through events and grants.

If you know of someone with these skill sets who wants to make a difference in the Alameda arts community, please contact Margaret Fago or Ros Harper at the gallery.

(Image) Deja Vu - by Karen Braun Malpas
Déjà vu

Thanks to Our Volunteers

The Déjà vu silent auction was held on January 25th and everyone had a good time bidding on their favorite items.  Many thanks to the volunteers who set up the gallery:  Adele Aced, Michelle Bock, Ginnie Chabre, Barbara DiSalvo, Ron Miller, Pierette Moore, Genie Scott, and Yelana Taras.  Thank you also to Alice Doktor Veronica Diaz, Marge Graham, and Diane Memory for helping out at the auction.

The In the Cards People’s Choice Awards have been announced.

1st Place:  The Lover,  Mosaic Mirror by Nancy Lovelady (image on right)

2nd place winners: Nancy Lovelady, Deborah Griffin, Barbara Landis, Saida, and Joanne Clapp-Fullagar. 

Honorable mentions. Deborah Griffin, Barbara James, Vera Gassner and Charles Lucke.

Good words...

One of our former volunteers, Jodi Vargas, wrote from Washington State to tell us that volunteering “was such a great experience to reopen my love for art.  What a nice resource for all people in the community to share in, not having such a place living in a farm community in Iowa.”  While she was living in Alameda and her husband was at sea with the Coast Guard, Jody took advantage of sketching and drawing classes in addition to helping out at the gallery. “The most special thing about the center was everyone was so nice and no matter what your experience level, you feel welcome.”   We need more volunteers like Jody.  Please consider volunteering.  


Classes, Workshops and Programs

Unleash your creativity and take a class!  Learn more about classes we offer

If you have a class or workshop you would like to teach, or a new program you would like to offer at the Bette, please contact our Class Coordinator

Ways to engage with the arts in 2015...

Made possible by Frank Bette, the Center "is a place for meetings, readings, showings and other creative doings." It is run predominantly by volunteers and we encourage community members to contribute ideas, time, creativity, and innovation.

Get involved in 2015
  • Webmaster needed:  Maintains the content on the FBCA website using the “Weebly” hosting platform.
  • Volunteer to gather and write content for our monthly newsletter, The Bette Buzz.
  • We seek Salesforce expertise to help automate our tech systems.
  • Volunteer your time and your skills in whatever capacity you think will benefit our creative community.
  • If you are an artist, view our 2015 Schedule of Exhibits ...and get involved.
Contact us for more information or to apply.


To all our generous donors - whether it be donations of your time, your passion for the arts, your volunteering, and your funds  – thank you. (And, it is never too late - or too early - to donate. The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves the community through your support.
Donate online or mail a check to 1601 Paru Street, Alameda, 94501.)

Other generous donations for 2014 included those who made possible the purchase of painter Deborah Griffin’s  artwork,“Curiouser and Curiouser”, of the Frank Bette Center for the Frank Bette Center. Ask to view it next time you visit the Center.

We look forward to 2015 with you as we encourage you to stay engaged with the arts, the artists, the artistry, and the support systems that make all of us thrive

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